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Great white shark choked to death on turtle it was trying to eat

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Greg Vella great white shark Japan

A great white shark choked to death while eating a turtle before becoming tangled in a fishermans net (Picture: Greg Vella/Facebook)

Pictures have emerged of a two-ton great white shark that died after biting off more than it could chew.

The predator apparently choked to death on a turtle off the coast of Japan.

Fisherman Greg Vella said the shark was discovered with its prey still locked in its jaws after getting caught up in netting.

He said: I was out commercial “Ken Ken” style fishing for tuna when I heard chatter on the radio that there was a white shark swimming around with a big sea turtle in is mouth.

People started to joke about it, so I did not pay it any more attention. Then next day, it was found dead, near the bait receivers, tangled in some netting.

The captains I interviewed who saw the mighty shark the day before, said it looked close to death, as it could not dislodge the giant turtle.

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The great white shark is classed as being vulnerable according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list of threatened species.

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